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16  06 2011

Taryne’s Time

Will Taryne Mowatt become the Next Jennie Finch?

By Kayla Knight
TSC Contributor

Taryne Mowatt was softball’s hottest ticket back in 2007 when she led the Arizona Wildcats to the collegiate national title, picking up two ESPY Awards as a result (Best Female College Athlete and Best Female Athlete). But the road has been rocky ever since.

The Wildcats made the NCAA tournament the following year but failed to go all the way. Taryne decided to go pro and was drafted #6 overall in the 2008 NPF draft by the Washington Glory. The Glory won the NPF Championship that year, but Taryne saw only limited action and did not pitch in the finals.

Taryne left the NPF for the Pro Fastpitch Xtreme (PFX) Tour in 2009, then rejoined the NPF last year as an Akron Racer. By her own admission she didn’t perform very well in Ohio.

This year Taryne is making yet another fresh start, this time with the Chicago Bandits. To get Mowatt, Chicago traded away one of its most beloved and colorful pitchers, Kristina “Thor” Thorson.

The Bandits are undoubtedly hoping that Taryne’s blond hair, model good looks and exciting pitching style will make the Windy City forget about the retirement of its legendary ace Jennie Finch. The face of the Bandits for years, Finch called it quits at the end of last season and is expecting her second child.

The comparison between the two pitchers may be more than just marketing hype. Both grew up in Southern California, led Arizona to a national title and have similar pitching styles—largely because they had the same pitching coach: Jennie’s father Doug.

The comparison begins tonight as the Bandits open their home season against the USSSA Pride in their new stadium in Rosemont, Illinois.

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